A Serious Discussion About Vaccines

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– Richard Smith, from That’s Natural!

As the vaccine debate rages on, it is important for one to educate themselves on the issue. No matter what side one is on regarding vaccination, it is imperative to truly understand how vaccines work and the potential risks involved, and why there is an ongoing debate to begin with. For instance, the current measles outbreak has affected 171 people across 17 States since this year started. This year we saw a record number of cases with 644 people infected across 27 states (cdc.gov/measles). This is alarming for a couple reasons; one being that we were told in 2000 that measles was eliminated in the U.S.; second, a majority of the cases were individuals who were previously vaccinated for measles.

However, this scenario is not historically unique. In 1984, 21 cases of measles were reported in Sangamon County, Illinois, in which 100% of the people infected were adequately vaccinated. Another study in 1994 found that measles outbreaks still occurred in school populations despite having between 71-98.8% of those affected immunized(1). Yet another example took place in 2011, where 98 Canadians became infected with measles, with 50% of those having received two doses of the vaccine(5).  So the question must be asked, why are those who should be protected still becoming sick and infected? The answer lies within the measles vaccine itself, that’s why its important to understand exactly how it operates.

There are mainly two types of vaccines routinely used: live, attenuated vaccines; or inactivated vaccines. The live vaccines include the MMR, chickenpox and the typhoid vaccine. The inactivated vaccines include the flu shot, the polio vaccine and the pertussis vaccine. Both types of vaccines are intended to induce immunologic memory and protect from disease when exposed to the ‘wild’ version of the virus/bacteria. However, as we will discuss later, this is not always the case.

Measles is a viral infection that causes symptoms typical of most viral infections including fever, cough, runny nose, fatigue, and a skin rash that appears as small red dots with white centers(1). Symptoms generally leave in a week or two and like most viral infections, it is not deadly to those who are well nourished and not immunocompromised. The real danger is to infants, who are still developing an immune system and are unable to inherit natural immunity from a vaccinated mother (more to be discussed on this later).

Measles epidemics were common occurrences during the 1800’s in developing countries like the U.K. and the United States. The epidemics were often deadly, with some reports of 20% fatality rates among children(1).  However, as time went on, sanitation standards were vastly improved – like cleaner water and safer sewage removal – thus deterring  the spread of many infectious diseases(4). Nutrition greatly improved as well, and as more people became what we call the “middle class”, mass starvation was something only seen in the non-industrialized world. A downward trend in mortality from infectious diseases was already taking place many years before medicine like penicillin was widely used in 1944(1). By the 1960’s, with modern nutrition standards commonplace in the developed world, a sharp decline in measles cases were observed even before the vaccine was introduced(1).  So, in 1963, when the first vaccine was licensed, measles was already not the danger it once was. For instance, in 1960, the official number of fatalities due to measles was 380. With the population approaching 181 million at that time, the mortality rate was equal to about 0.24 per 100,000(1). So why then, did we need to create a vaccine? Well, if you are Merck and Co., there is money to be made!

The original vaccine was an inactivated virus, which was hugely unsuccessful for a number of reasons: one being the immunity seemed to wane quickly and secondly,  complications rising from pneumonia, encephalopathy, and a more severe form of measles called atypical measles(1). Shortly after, a live version of the vaccine was introduced and became more widely used between 1965 and 1967. The live vaccine contains an attenuated virus, meaning it undergoes changes to make it less virulent and ‘hopefully’ not disease-causing. However, the attenuation process is highly inconsistent and not totally error proof, so the virus may remain virulent to some degree and still cause disease(2).  Therefore, the vaccine can cause measles infection, also known as “modified measles,” which is likely to be the cause of the recent outbreaks. So it can be reasonably assumed that it is not the natural or wild version of measles causing the outbreaks, but rather the vaccine strain. Yet day after day we hear in the media how it is the children who weren’t vaccinated that are causing the outbreaks, but what evidence do they have to really prove this? The media neglects to ever mention or consider the vaccine strain as possibly the culprit of the outbreaks.

Furthermore, evidence shows that the vaccine strain of measles is not necessarily cleared totally from the body, thus it can cause disease and also be contagious(1). This vaccine that induced measles, or “modified measles”, was first discovered in the early 1960’s when the live vaccine was first being used, but it was always assumed that it would only be a subclinical manifestation without severe symptoms. Unfortunately, it has been repeatedly shown to cause disease (like in the outbreaks previously mentioned) and even the more virulent atypical measles(1).

However, “modified measles” isn’t the only problem associated with the vaccine. For instance, the vaccine strain has been found in urine and various blood cells and immune cells of patients with autoimmune diseases like inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune hepatitis(2).  Thus, there is evidence that the vaccine strain can persist in the body for many years and cause disease rather than offer protection.

Yet, to me, the biggest issue is the loss of natural immunity that mass vaccination has created, particularly since the 1960’s. Natural immunity, unlike vaccine induced immunity, is generally ‘lifetime protection’. Vaccine immunity wanes over time, it may last up to 25 years, but some research predicts it may even be lost in as little as 10 years(1).  Therefore, vaccines may only postpone the onset of contracting a given disease that immunizations are intended for. Natural immunity comes after exposure to the wild virus or bacteria by means of natural occurrence and not artificial immunity(4). Antibodies from natural immunity are much more effective at clearing a pathogen from the body, and can be passed naturally from mother to child via the placenta and breast milk(2). Vaccine induced antibodies are not produced in the mammary gland, so they cannot be transferred via breast milk. Mucosal, or natural exposure to a virus via the mucous membranes, is needed to transfer immunity by breast-feeding. Vaccinated mothers also have less antibodies in the blood compared to naturally acquired immunity, hence the placenta is also an unreliable source to transfer any vaccinated immunity the mother may have(2). Consequently, infants are at a dire risk for contracting measles if born to a vaccinated mother because they are unable to acquire any immunity that would protect them. Thanks to vaccines, with mass vaccination beginning in the 60’s, most people were not allowed to contract measles at a safe age and therefore pass on natural protection to their offspring(2).  Infants are particularly susceptible to disease due to their under-developed immune systems and therefore it is not practical to give a newborn a live vaccine. We have created a generation that will be born without the protection they need from a virus that is still around thanks to the idea of artificial immunity.

Is the measles vaccine justified? Why was it created in the first place? How do we know how effective it actually is? More research needs to be done to really get a definitive answer, but we cannot look past how much money vaccines make for the industry, so undoubtedly profit is a big and driving force. As far as the effectiveness goes, we must remember that, for obvious ethical reasons, vaccines cannot be tested by way of randomized control trials like other medications. Their effectiveness is based on how well it makes the individual produce antibodies and statistical data collected after it’s unleashed upon the public(2).  Nonetheless, there is an ever increasing movement to make vaccination mandatory and subject to law, but we cannot forget the questions that vaccines continue to bring up and the rights we have as individuals.  The debate rages on.

“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” – John F. Kennedy

References:

1. Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History. Humphries, Suzanne and Bystrianyk, Roman, 2013 

2. Vaccine Illusion: How Vaccination Compromises our Natural Immunity and What we can do to Regain our Health. Obukhanych, Tetyana, 2011

3. Vaccine Epidemic. Habakus, Louise Kuo, et al. Skyhorse Publishing, 2012

4.  Anyone Who tells You Vaccines are Safe and Effective is Lying. Here’s the Proof. Coleman, Vernon. European Medical Journal, 2011

5. Poland, Gregory A., and Robert M. Jacobson. “The Re-Emergence of Measles in Developed Countries: Time to Develop the Next-Generation Measles Vaccines?” Vaccine 30.2 (2012): 103–104. PMC. Web.

Nullification, Legalization, Cannabidiol, Oh My!

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Colorado nullified federal law in 2012 with the passing of Amendment 64.  More people voted to legalize marijuana in Colorado, than voted for Barack Obama.  That’s right – more people came out to vote for the legalization of a plant than the sitting President.

By Colorado celebrating its sovereignty as a State, and letting its citizens to decide for themselves what to use as medicine, we have led the way in effectively using and regulating cannabis – which includes not just marijuana, but also hemp!

Hemp products are and have been legal to buy and sell in all 50 States, however, growing hemp as a plant is only legal in 19 – Colorado being one of those.  Slowly but surely, more States will follow in adopting sound agricultural and social policies to allow their citizens to grow, buy, sell, and use all types of cannabis products – it is good for business, and it is GREAT for Food and Medicine Freedom.

You can be a part of this movement with That’s Natural!  We have a list of extensive, independent research on hemp and cannabidiol, or CBD.  And we are offering the most premium CBD Hemp Oil, that has Colorado-grown hemp, is independently verified, and is processed using a supercritical CO2 extraction process – we never use dangerous solvents.  If you love it, you can even be a part of our dedicated sales and distribution team – reaching customers all across the country.

We are celebrating our sovereignty – as individuals who can make choices for ourselves what we eat, drink, and use as medicine.  Come be a part of the medicine freedom revolution at www.cbdoil.life!

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The Wonderful World of Dirt – Antibiotic Find

Via our Food & Medicine Freedom Friends at That’s Natural!

Sometimes the most amazing things in the world are the ones that get stepped on the most.

I have a growing love affair with soil, as it is the basis and foundation for all plant life – and therefore all life on earth.  An experimental ‘drug’  called teixobactin – isolated from a sample of dirt from New England – is initially showing to act successfully as an antibiotic.  Teixobactin has also proven beneficial in treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including streptococcus and MRSA.

We should all be aware of the growing numbers of bacteria that are resistant to treatment from antibiotics.  Some of this may come from the growing amount of antibiotics automatically in our food supply from animals being treated with antibiotics.  The more meat and dairy that we consume, the more potential we have of ingesting what these animals have consumed.  The more antibiotics we take – the more “good” bacteria we kill inside our own systems.  And the more bad bacteria get to know these antibiotics, the stronger they become – becoming antibiotic-resistant.

This discovery of an effective antibiotic right in the “common” dirt of somewhere like someone’s back yard is exciting – and telling.  The “development” of the human being has had people putting their hands in the dirt to live and survive.  I am guessing that at this point in history, in our country, we have the most people who never even have their skin to the ground, touching the earth, and feeling the soil.  Can you imagine having a baby born in a metropolis, living in an apartment, and with limited access to public land and trails?  That child may not have the opportunity to play in the dirt for months, or years.  How does this affect their development?

Dirt is powerful.  It is a living, breathing being that creates our medicines and grows our food.  Honoring this, and becoming closer to the dirt (by making it a point to put your hands and feet in it once awhile) may just be the most therapeutic and beneficial things that we can do.

The USDA Should NOT Have Submachine Guns

USDA Request for Submachine Guns Pic

Why on earth would an agency charged to “regulate” agriculture need machine guns?  Or any guns for that matter?   Isn’t there something horribly wrong with this picture?  Can you imagine farmers and ranchers doing anything on their property that would require this particular government agency to have these high-powered weapons?

Unless a farmer or rancher is physically harming someone else – physically beating or using force against another person for any reason other than self-defense – there is absolutely NO REASON that weapons should ever be used by any government agency against its own citizens. And there are already law enforcement agencies charged to take care of such a situation – like the County Sheriff.

We have people screaming about gun laws for the safety of citizens – what about the applicability of these gun laws that already exist for our own government officials?  Shouldn’t they have to follow the same laws?  Isn’t the government made up of individuals just like you and me?  What makes somebody who works for the government any better, smarter, or capable of managing a weapon used for mass killing?

I hope you take a moment to sign this petition at the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund – and stay involved in this debate.  There is absolutely no reason that ANY government agency or official should have these weapons that could be used against our own citizens.  It is frightening – and we can stop it.

In Peace,

Tisha

Declaring Food Sovereignty

Tisha T. Casida

All politics is local – but when it comes to food – politics should not be part of the equation.  Unfortunately, our web of food choice and infrastructure has created a place for politics and food, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t opt out of the insanity to be able to consume what we want to in order to achieve optimum health.

In getting to work with small farmers, ranchers, and producers – it is easy for me to understand the importance of getting Uncle Sam out of the farm, the kitchen, and our personal choices about what we consume.  And it is possible –just look at this example from Sedgwick, Maine – where citizens declared their food sovereignty.

The proposed ordinance recognized the Constitution of the United States of America and the Maine Constitution.

Sedgwick citizens possess the right to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.”  This would include raw milk, locally-slaughtered meat, and other locally-produced items that are often produced in such a small scale that it would be literally impossible for small producers to comply with federal regulations.

“It shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance.”  This is the beauty of what these citizens are doing – they are re-enforcing their natural, individual rights to be able to consume what they wish for their health and existence.

The best part about this is that citizens and businesses can decide for themselves the amount of regulation/interference they want – in effect cutting out the attorneys and bureaucrats that make it nearly impossible to buy and sell food on a local level.  “Patrons purchasing food for home consumption may enter into private agreements with those producers or processors of local foods to waive any liability for the consumption of that food. Producers or processors of local foods shall be exempt from licensure and inspection requirements for that food as long as those agreements are in effect.”

Here is the example of the Food Ordinance, which could be tailored for any town and/or County. It is our hope here, at That’s Natural!, that we can foster Food Freedom in counties across Colorado and the country by enforcing local ordinances that declare our food sovereignty at a local level – where it is easiest for us to be transparent and accountable to each one another in our communities.

Refuse To Be Motivated By Fear of Climate Change

Climates change – they just do.  There is NO DOUBT that we are polluting our planet in bad ways, but that does not necessarily equal that we are solely responsible for what we are seeing with the climate changing.  It also does not mean that an international government agency can dictate to us, as Americans, what we can do with our property.

Be warned – fear of climate change and extreme weather – WILL BE USED TO TAKE AWAY YOUR RIGHTS.  That is what this is about.  If we really want to make a difference and a positive change in our environment – we will act as individuals, making decisions with how we make purchases and what we consume – BY CHOICE.  Laws will only take away more of our freedom and more of our property.  In America, we ALREADY have some of the strictest environmental laws in the WORLD.

There has been warming and cooling of the planet for arguably MILLIONS of years – how long have you and I been around to know how that has happened and how it will continue?  How do scientists know that we are the sole cause?  What about volcanoes?  What about the hundreds (thousands?) of nuclear detonations?   If you want to be concerned about something affecting us immediately that we ARE causing, I would point the finger right back to the government, which has pumped amazing amounts of radiation into our water and air with nuclear warheads.

Yes, the climate is changing, and has changed for millions of years.  That is science.  For us to be scared about the climate changing is only useful to scare people into behaving differently.  Fear – what can the government or the United Nations tell YOU to do differently? They can tell you to stop using your car, they can tell you to stop using your property – they can tell you that it is illegal to exercise your natural rights.

I believe in climate change, and I believe that the climate has changed for a long, long time.  I do NOT believe in the federal government or the United Nations having any power or use of law to change my behaviors as a human being.  I, as a free being, will work with others in my community and my State to figure out better ways to affect our environment.  That is powerful, and just.  It is un-just to use fear of our own planet’s behaviors to enact laws that will have detrimental effects on our economy and our quality of life.  Refuse to be motivated by fear – REFUSE TO BE MOTIVATED BY FEAR!

– Tisha T. Casida (P.S. If the government is so concerned with climate change – why don’t they disclose what they are doing with HAARP?!  Heating up the atmosphere through billions of watts of energy targeted at key places in the sky may be a problem!)

Raw Milk Delivery – Tales of the Criminal Mind

By: Tisha Casida, That’s Natural!

9:47 AM, sunny day on Hwy 82, getting ready to get onto I-70 to deliver a gallon of raw milk to a friend.  I am going from Pitkin County, to Garfield County, to Eagle County.  About 71 miles, 2 hours total time on the road and completing the pick-up and delivery.

About 5 miles later, east-bound on I-70, there are flashing blue and red lights behind me.  I am terrified.  My stomach immediately sinks, and I begin thinking and wondering if I have all of my documentation to show that I am “legal” to drive and operate vehicle in the State of Colorado.  Drivers License, Proof of Insurance.. are my plates/tags up to date?   My heart is pounding and my hands sweating.  I was going the speed limit… under the speed limit.  Sh**, sh**, sh** – what did I do wrong?

I pull into the right lane and slow down.  The State Trooper buzzes past me.  He wasn’t going after me, this time, thank God.

Why is it that I felt like such a criminal?  Why is it that I felt like I was doing something wrong?  The inside of my car looks quite chaotic, and then my raw milk jars peeking from the cooler in the back-seat – do I really have the makings of a criminal?  Why is it that I get so scared and nervous when there are flashing lights behind me, when I am doing nothing wrong?  Is it conditioning?  Am I supposed to be scared?  Is it all in my mind?

My heart tells me that we, as a society, are being driven by fear, and make many decisions based off of this idea that we may be punished if we don’t “follow the rules”.  Well, “following the rules” is fine and dandy until the people making the rules make it impossible to survive.  Income taxes, property taxes, licensing of vehicles, licensing of businesses, registration of everything – all with special rules and associated costs.  All in the name of “protecting” others with the heavy hand of force to issue punishments to those who do not follow the rules.  Is it honestly bad for me to drink raw milk, to deliver it?  Is it dangerous?  Does it hurt others when I drink it?  Is it constitutionally illegal for me to deliver raw milk to people who want it, who willingly take responsibility to consume it?  Is it bad for me to want to make a living, to engage in enterprise – to sell my services to others who willingly pay for them?

Today, while driving on I-70, I went through all of the normal reactions a criminal would have – heart palpitating, hands perspiring, body engaging in fight or flight reactions.  There is just one problem – I am not a criminal.  And I should not be afraid of the very law enforcement that is there to protect my property.  It is time we engage our law enforcement and work together, peacefully, to achieve the “appropriate” use of force on our streets.  Check out the Peaceful Streets Project which is doing just that.

Food Freedom, Let's Fight Back!

When it comes to food freedom, and being able to eat whatever we like, as well as grow food for ourselves, our families, and our community, we have to be cognizant of the many (and increasing) regulatory agencies that are causing issues. Most of these regulations are statutory law (not common law or constitutional law), and therefore we can easily work at a local level to nullify (or get rid of) bad laws that make it impossible to eat good, healthy food.

 

Here are some examples of what we have come up against – do you have more to add and share with others?

 

 

An entrepreneur, who has been working on growing her dedicated following of people who want natural prepared meals and healthful alternatives to the central food supply, has encountered multiple hurdles when trying to both start and expand her operations.

 

  1. (LOCAL LICENSING FEES) She purchased a retail food license for a place ($250), but ended up having to move into a new location and was told she was going to have to purchase ANOTHER retail food license ($250) – this was after the Pueblo City County Health Department told her she would have to “get the facility up to code” even though it was a restaurant previously (the previous operators were operating for TWO YEARS not in code and were never fined or questioned).  And then, the license expires at the end of the year!  So she will have to purchase ANOTHER retail food license in January of 2013 ($250)!  That is a total of $750 for a retail food license for a small business that has not even technically started selling to the public through this retail food establishment yet!

 

  1. (FEDERAL REGULATION) She has a source of naturally-raised and USDA-processed chicken that her customers are eager to purchase.  The people who process these chickens are certified by all of the agencies necessary to show that the chickens have been handled and processed up to “code”. HOWEVER, she is not allowed to re-sell these chickens to her customers.  Why?  The Pueblo City-County Health Department has told her that the people raising the chickens themselves would have to be certified by the USDA (the time and cost for this is extensive – likely in the thousands of dollars/and months of delay by the end of it).  We are talking about between 20 and 30 chickens, raised by small-time farmers on their own land, taking them to a USDA-certified processing facility, with this type of regulation, no small farmer could ever afford to raise chickens.

 

  1. (LOCAL and FEDERAL REGULATIONS) She wanted to buy italian sausage from a local market and use it in her tortellini soup. That was NOT POSSIBLE! The local market can sell directly to the consumer, but as soon as they sell to this small-business-owner starting her business they need a wholesale license and to be inspected by the USDA – something that costs more and will take more time than what it is worth to either the small market or to the entrepreneur.

 

  1. (LOCAL and STATE REGULATIONS) Farmers can sell their eggs directly to the consumer on their farm, however, as soon as the farmer goes to take these eggs to a market (e.g. a farmers’ market), then there is a requirement for a license from the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), which includes the need for a home inspection. Even if it is one dozen eggs – 12 eggs – being taken to market – this licensing requirement exists and takes more time and money than the potential revenue and/or profit from selling the eggs. Our entrepreneur can sell those certified farm eggs in her storefront, but IS NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE EGGS IN HER RECIPES – the State says that all eggs served to the public must be pasteurized – a process that is not part of the regular operations of selling eggs from the farm directly to consumers.

 

  1. (LOCAL REGULATION) Another, separate entrepreneur was interested in starting a co-op, or community-supported-agriculture (CSA) operation in town (Pueblo). She went to the Pueblo Regional Building Department to be “approved” to have this. She also went to purchase the required business license to be able to operate. She was told that she could not be approved to do have this type of operation in the City, but to keep trying. She would have been able to grow local food for 10-15 families, but it was determined by the City that she could not grow food in town. She was never able to start her small urban farm.

 

Small, local, micro producers should never be held to the same “laws” as large multi-national companies that lobby Congress to create these atrocious rules and regulations (what they call “law”) that eventually stop small producers from producing.  Follow the money.  You can see that most of our representatives in Congress have got there through the very money that ends up creating “laws” that hurt small farmers, entrepreneurs, and producers of food products.  It is people’s natural and unalienable right to consume products that they want to and exchange those products amongst each other.  There are no laws that can stop people who grow food or raise animals from getting those to willing consumers who are willing to purchase those items.

 

It is our natural right to grow food, consumer food, and exchange food. If anyone EVER tells you differently, remind them that you have the power of the Constitution behind you, and that you are capable of acting locally, even getting your local county sheriff involved, to protect your food freedom.

 

In Food Freedom,

Tisha Casida – That’s Natural!

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